Maintenance & Cure
Injured Maritime Workers Have Rights Under Federal Law
Many injured maritime workers do not understand the full extent of their rights under federal laws like the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. You have a right to see your own physician. You have a right to seek compensation for medical bills and contractual wages. As a Jones Act seaman, you have a right to file a claim for damages if your employer’s negligence caused your injury. You have a right to hire an experienced attorney who can protect you and fight for the compensation you may deserve.
The Texas law firm of Stevenson & Murray offers practical legal advice, attentive personal service and dedicated representation to injured maritime workers seeking to exert their legal rights after an accident on the job. Contact our offices in Houston today for a free consultation with a highly knowledgeable maritime accident and injury trial attorney. All client consultations are strictly confidential.
What is Maintenance and Cure?
Most maritime workers have heard the phrase and know that it refers to compensation for a maritime injury, but few understand the precise meaning of maintenance and cure. Maintenance is essentially the daily cost of living payment an employer makes to an injured crewman who is unable to return to duty. Cure refers to the vessel owner’s legal obligation to pay all of an injured or ill seaman’s reasonable and necessary medical expenses.
Warning: Some companies will pay maintenance and cure until your rights to sue them have lapsed, then dump you. An experienced attorney can help protect your rights and your recovery against this underhanded tactic.
Claims for maintenance and cure can involve complex legal issues and may require standing up against a major multinational corporation with a staff of attorneys tasked with fighting to limit payments to injured maritime workers. You need an experienced legal team on your side to protect your rights and fight for your recovery.
Contact Stevenson & Murray
It is important to discuss your case with an attorney who has real experience, industry knowledge and a proven commitment to helping injured maritime workers recover. Call the Houston offices of Stevenson & Murray today at 713.597.3836 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. It is critical to contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may also contact us by email now for more information or to schedule an appointment.